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[Dedicated to the American Home, Office and) 
I Store witfi a sincere desire to make them brighter)- 
I and happier places in which to live and work, ] 

YOUR home, whether it is the one you now occupy or the one you 
have long dreamed of owning^ will be finer, more modern, more 
beautiful, if you wisely decide to make use of Masonite products in it. 
You will reach that decision if you let the thought of the country's 
foremost architects, its most interesting interior decorators guide you 
and if you are willing to benefit by the experience of thousands of 
satisfied users. 

In this book will be shown briefly where and why and how in your 
homes, offices and stores, you can make use of one or more of these 
products to your great advantage. 

You will see too, as you go through these pages that they are rich in 
suggestions of new arrangements, new finishes, decorations, color treat- 
ments and even furnishings that will be both interesting and helpful. 

We here endeavor to make another substantial contribution to the 
Better Housing Program and to the thousands who plan to build new 
or to modernize. 



BEFORE. .This old house did not seem to 
hold any possibilities. 

AFTER. .But an able drchitect saw it in quite a different ligiit 


TUMERIC A has produced nothing of greater charm and beauty than 
.^J- the colonial homes and Cape Cod cottages built by our fore- 
fathers. Their purity of line, their perfect expression of balance and 
proportion gives them a distinction that is exclusively theirs. In any 
period, any surrounding they are good, just as old silver is ever good. 
But there came a time when in our clothing and home building we 
launched forth on a wild riotous debauch. Women "laced" to achieve 
a wasp-like waist and men strutted in "peg-top" trousers and choked 
in collars three inches high. It is designated now as "the McKinley Era" 
and it witnessed the building of those monstrosities of architecture, 
those houses with turrets and towers, trimmed shingles, useless bal- 
conies, extravagantly turned wood ornaments. In fact, every jimcrack 
that could be designed was made a part of the house. 

Tiring after a few years, of the meaningless frills and furbelows, we 
came to a realization that the simplicity of the colonial, the sincerity of 
the Cape Cod and the rugged honesty of the pioneer's log cabin were 
types so fine that, in modified form at least, they should be preserved. 

With this appreciation of the simpUcity and beauty of these older 
forms came a healthy and happy acceptance of new materials that 
perfectly combine beauty and utility. 

Science, art and industry have joined forces in this renaissance of 
the home. We have set up definite standards of livability, convenience, 
durability and economy, and have given our architects and engineers 
free rein in accomplishing these ends. 

How well they have fulfilled their task is illustrated, in part, by the 
photographs on these pages which show a group of homes as they once 
were, and as they appear today transformed by skill and good taste, 
and invention. 

Examine these pictures for a moment and you will readily see how 
architecture works its magic on the exterior of homes. What appeared 
hopelessly ugly is made beautiful simply by removing useless ornamen- 
tation, by re-designing an entrance, adding a row of dormers, changing 
the eaves or the slope of a roof, repainting or resurfacing the walls. 

As much or as little as is desired can readily be accomplished. A 
small house is enlarged by the addition of a wing; a large one is made 
even roomier by the utilization of waste space. Partitions are moved, 
room plans are altered, windows changed or new ones made, and the 
result is a harmonious, intelligently planned home that conforms to 
modern ideals of exterior and interior design. 

In cases such as these, where extensive alterations or additions are 
to be made, it is most desirable to engage a good architect. He will 
plan the work properly and will give you correct designing. Because 
of his broad experience and knowledge, he will effect many important 
savings and he will keep you from making many costly blunders. The 
fee you would have to pay him would probably be less than the money 
he would save for you. 

We, who live in these homes, whether new or modernized, are 
sheltered more securely by strong, modern materials that resist the 
buffeting of storms, the heat of summer and the cold of winter. We enjoy 
the convenience of automatic eguipment and of numberless labor-saving 
devices. Consciously or unconsciously, we are made happier by the 
quiet, restful harmony of beautiful rooms and furnishings. And we enjoy 
all of these benefits at extremely moderate cost, and with complete 
assurance that what we have built will endure throughout our lifetimes; 
will serve even our children's children. 

BEFORE. .This little cottage was built back 
in the gay nineties. 

AFTER, .Modernized and enlarged, it is 
now quite charming. 

AFTER. .Until roof lines were changed and 
porches added. 



Not very many years ago this drab living room was considered a suitable 
gathering place for any man's family. And Mrs. Homemaker was actually 
guite proud of what she considered a tasteful composition in brown and 
tan relieved only by a touch of color in the pictures. This was the 
typical parlor found in homes in the better residential section. 

According to her lights, it wasn't a bad room. But you don't like it — 
and neither do we. The colors are good but are handled ineffectively 
and without imagination. It lacks contrasts. That dark moulding looks 
bad to our eyes ... the mantel is ugly . . . and the table lamp as dated 
as grandmother's hat. 

What to do about it? Unfortunately, Mr. and Mrs. Homemaker can't 
afford a new house, or even a completely new set of furniture. But they 
do have some money set aside — or can borrow some — and they're 
intent on modernizing this room as thoroughly as possible within their 
means. So let's go to work. 

How do you like it? Isn't this a gayer, brighter, altogether lovelier room? 
The old furniture had good lines, so we retained it — simply re-covered 
the old sofa and easy chair and added a smart, new coffee table. The 
simple, white painted mantel adds a note of distinction while the beveled- 
edge mirror reflects a room beautifully correct in every detail. 

But these ARE details. After all, it is the cool, blue walls that really 
dominate this room. And those walls are Masonite DeLuxe Quartrboard 
applied right over the old plaster. There are no vertical joints. The big 
pieces of Masonite DeLuxe Quartrboard have been placed horizontally, 
and are cut in widths that permit the complete elimination of waste 
and, at the same time, give the greatest decorative value to the painted 
battens covering the joints. 

This unusual wall treatment illustrates the remarkable adaptability 
of just one of the Masonite products which enables it to solve almost 
any designing or building problem with the utmost efficiency and 
economy. It makes the room seem far more spacious and more livable. 


We don't mean to belittle the importance of the grand old art of cooking, 
but wouldn't anyone enjoy life— and dinner— more in this gay green 
room with the rich, patterned floor and the yellow drapes catching the 
warm light of the sun? Banished forever are the heavy, oak woodwork 
and the air of stodgy dullness that brought drowsiness with the roast 
and indigestion with the pudding. 

Another Masonite accomplished this miracle. Once the woodwork 
was removed, it was a simple matter to cover the walls with smooth, 
durable boards of Masonite Structural Insulation and finish them with 
paint or enamel. The vertical joints are beveled and cleverly made dr 
part of the decorative scheme, while the broken horizontal courses are 
simply shallow grooves tooled into the surface of the boards. 

The ceiling of this room is another Masonite product— Quartrboard 
battened, with narrow strips of Masonite Presdwood, and finished in 
the same manner as the walls. Even the handsome floor is of quiet, dur- 
able Masonite Cushioned Flooring. 


of this madeover bedroom which makes the most of every square inch 
and yet has an air of spacious luxury. Notice how the radiator has 
been covered and recessed between built-in cabinets to provide a 
cozy window seat. 

And right there Masonite comes into the picture. The large panels 
in the cabinet, clothes closet, window seat and cutout radiator grille 
are all made of Tempered Presdwood painted to match the walls. 

The walls themselves are of Masonite Insulation applied over the 
plaster and papered in a gay design. The ceiling too, (though you can't 
see it) is of Masonite Insulation. As a result, this bedroom is as comfort- 
able as it is beautiful — warm in winter and cool in summer. Expensive? 
Not at all! An economy, really because Masonite on walls and ceilings 
sends fuel bills way down. It's a point worth remembering. 

Another point worth remembering is that wall paper can be applied 
directly to Masonite Structural Insulation. 


The modern kitchen is not only beautiful, but is far easier to work in 
than the old fashioned kind. Its capacious cabinets are carefully de- 
signed and conveniently located. Its bright surfaces are impervious to 
grease and grime — easy to clean and keep clean. Every detail of arrange- 
ment and lighting is worked out with utmost care. 

In this kitchen, a new sink has been flush-mounted in a long cup- 
board with a natural finish Masonite Tempered Presdwood top that 
serves both as a work table and as a drainboard. The panels and shelves- 
of the china cabinets, the panels of the cupboard and the ceiling are 
also of Tempered Presdwood, painted or lacguered, the finish being 
applied by any good painter right on the job. 

Masonite Tempered Presdwood will not warp, swell, shrink, or 
check. It is hard, and non-absorbent, yet resilient enough to avoid 
chipping porcelain utensils or cracking glass or china dishes. 

TILE . . . AT 

How tremendously this kitchen has been improved by the built-in sink, 
by, finishing the walls with Masonite Temprtile finished to suit your 
exact taste by your painter or yourself, adding a convenient closet. 

The tile is Masonite Temprtile — beautiful, durable, yet economical. 
It comes scored and may be finished on the job, or it may be purchased 
from board tile manufacturers or their dealers, ready-finished in a wide 
range of colors that will not fade or check. 

The built-in broom closet, the cupboard under the sink and the sus- 
pended cabinets flanking the window are all made of Tempered Presd- 
wood — as are the top of the kitchen table and the panel of the swinging 
door. The upper walls and ceiling are covered with Tempered Presd- 
wood painted or enameled to match the Temprtile. 


. . as it appears modernized with Genuine Masonite Temprtile. It's 
a splendid example of how much can be done with only a little money. 
Most of the old fixtures have been retained — but the tub has been 
built-in and recessed with a commodious linen closet replacing the 
unsightly clothes hamper. 

The handsome tiling is, of course, Masonite Temprtile, which you or 
your painter can finish in any desired color right on the job. In this 
modernizing job, it was applied right over the plaster. It's a simple job 
done with glue and headless nails — and it ''stays put." There's no 
cracking or crazing of this tile. Its bright, impervious surface is easy 
to keep clean and isn't harmed a particle by steam or repeated wash- 
ings. Unlike other tile, the colors can be changed by repainting. 

The upper walls and ceiling are of Masonite Tempered Presdwood 
painted in a contrasting color and with joints concealed by thin battens. 
The door, shelves and lining of the linen closet and the entrance door 
are also of Presdwood . . . they will never warp, swell or sag. 



We can't blame you if you don't, for it is a far cry from this clean, airy 
bedroom to the dusty, cob-webby attic storage room of Grandmother's 
day. A room like this is a perfect solution to the problem faced by the 
family that has grown too large for its home. There isn't a member of 
the family who would not be proud and happy to claim this room as 
their own. It would surely delight one of the younger generation. 

Masonite Structural Insulation is the material used here — except for 
the clothes closet, book shelves and chest of drawers which are made 
of Masonite Presdwood. The Masonite Structural Insulation that gives 
you this attractive added bedroom also puts an end to excessive heat 
loss through the roof — brings fuel bills 'way down. What's more, this 
attic will reguire little if any heat in winter, and will keep the whole 
house a lot cooler in summer. 

Just a word about the furniture. The desk beside the bed is made 
of Masonite Tempered Presdwood finished natural. So is the top of the 
dressing table. That's real versatility. 

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. . . after all, it's home too, and a very useful and attractive part of the 
home, when it is properly fixed up. You can see just what has been 
done to this one in order to change it from a cold, clammy basement 
into a warm, modern play room. It's the simplest kind of work, inexpen- 
sive and always satisfactory. Here is a job many home owners do 
themselves in their leisure hours. 

This game room illustrates what can be accomplished through in- 
telligent use of the various Masonite products. Structural Insulation 
has been applied over the cement or masonry walls. It makes a pleasing 
wall surface that insures warmth and freedom from dampness or * 'sweat- 
ing." The partition is also of Masonite Insulation while the ceiling — 
which conceals exposed piping and floor joists — is of Quartrboard. The 
mouldings and battens are narrow strips of Presdwood which gives 
an attractive two-toned effect against the lighter walls. 

Of course, you can decorate these walls in any manner you desire — 
using bright posters, magazine covers or gay paint stencils, for instance. 

Tempered Presdwood boards of a suitable thickness were also used 
in constructing this ping-pong table, the combination bookcase and 
table, the toy chest and even the unusual, modern chair. 



Even the picture above, as beautiful as it is, cannot do justice to walls 
of Masonite Structural Insulation. Their restfulness and charm may be 
appreciated only when the actual rooms are seen. 

Such installations as these are possible only because ot such new 
materials as Masonite. They take full advantage of the rich warm color 
of our products, its beautiful figure, its satin-smooth surface; the large 
size of the boards. 

There was a time when it was deemed necessary to put materials on 
materials— plaster over lath, wall paper or canvas over plaster — but 
that day has passed. Today we use good materials, and let them stand 
proudly forth by virtue of their own beauty and utility. 

In the installation shown above it is interesting to note the manner 
in which the grooved lines start at the chair rail, run diagonally across 
one board and horizontally across the next, repeating until they reach 
the ceiling. They are then carried across the ceiling and brought back 
down the side wall to the wainscot, which is of Masonite Tempered 

Details as to how such gratifying results may be achieved by the use 
of Genuine Masonite Products may be found on pages 17 and 18. 

The two-toned effect in the ceiling is 

achieved by sandpapering parts of the 

Masonite Insulation. 

Only the edges of the boards in the 

walls are beveled. Ceiling boards grooved 


Interest is added by the cut-out designs 
cemented on the walls. 

A high wainscot of random width 

standard and Tempered Presdwood. 


We, who have passed our thirties, have survived the age of intricate 
design and extravagant decoration. Straight-away hnes and smooth 
areas of honest materials unadorned are more definite and reassuring. 

There is so much clash and clatter around us — so much rushing, 
restlessness and excitement generally, that walls and ceilings that will 
absorb or deaden sounds are surely to be desired, particularly when 
such walls and ceilings are so pleasing in their appearance. 

To secure the advantages such as wall treatment gives, we would 
willingly pay liberally, but fortunately such interior may be installed 
at greater economy than almost any other. The saving is due both to 
the very reasonable price of the products — Masonite Structural Insula- 
tion, Quartrboard and Presdwood — and the low cost of installation. 

Please refer to the specification data given on pages 17 and 18. 

Factory mdde beveled tiles give regular or 
random ashlar effects. 


Where should Masonite Structural Insulation left in its natural finish 
be used for walls and ceilings is a question frequently asked. The answer 
is entirely a matter of personal choice — some people regard it as being 
particularly suitable for use in one area, while others favor it for another. 

Generally, in homes, it is employed in board or ashlar effect in 
dining room, hallway, library, study and in wider widths for attic rooms 
or basement game rooms. 

In offices it imparts a friendly warmth to reception rooms and entrance 
halls, a substantial look to private offices, a restful shade and a wel- 
coming sound deadening effect to general office space. Left natural, it 
tones down the clatter of typewriters and other mechanical noises. 

See Pages 17 and 18 for specifications regarding application and 

Beveled tile walls with ceiling of random 
width beveled plank and heavy cross beams. 



Heavy beams and random width pianks 
interestingly combined. 


The wall treatment of the room shown above has been much admired 
and has aroused great interest because of the manner in which it has 
seemingly increased the size of the room. 

This feeling of great space is due to the horizontal application of the 
Masonite Structural Insulation and to the simple yet interesting manner 
in which it has been grooved. In this room and in the rooms pictured 
on the three preceding pages the grooving was done by one of the 
several tools designed for that work. 

The use of horizontally grooved boards not only tends to make small 
rooms seem larger, but also creates the impression that the ceiling line 
has been lowered, which in many instances is highly desirable. 

These pleasing wall treatments are economical, because they require 
no added decoration whatever. The beautiful Masonite boards are left 
in their natural finish — a rich brown tone and a satin-smooth surface. 

It should be noted that the beveling and grooving of Masonite Struc- 
tural Insulation is a simple, easy and rapid operation. Once the design 
is determined the grooving tool is pushed forward along a straight edge 
making one complete bevel or groove at each operation. 

Additional information regarding the application of Masonite Products 
is given on Pages 17 and 18. 



iVlASONITE boards may be divided into three general classes: 
Insulation boards, including Masonite Structural Insulation, Masonite 
Insulating Lath, Masonite Beveled Tile and Masonite Beveled Plank. 
These are the beautiful brown boards now so widely used. There are 
however, those who have a preference for boards of lighter color. 
For them we offer the new Masonite Litecol Insulation, Litecol Beveled 
Tile and Litecol Beveled Plank. The Litecol board is very light in 
color, being only a few shades away from pure white. 
Semi-hard boards, including Masonite Quartrboard and Masonite 

DeLuxe Quartrboard. 
Hard boards, including Presdwood, Tempered Presdwood and Temprtile. 
All of these may be sawn, planed, sanded, nailed, cemented, painted, 
varnished or lacguered, just as though they were boards of natural 
wood. For simple work, only simple standard tools are required. 

The Insulation boards may be worked perfectly under special tools, 
such as the Bevil Devil and the Stanley Karpenter Kutter. Neither of 
these tools will successfully groove the Masonite hard boards. 

Instructions given in our General Masonite Specification book should 
be followed. All of these products should be properly backed up — 
flimsy construction never pays. When applied to studding, joists or 
rafters, the boards are to be nailed. When applied to a solid area, they 
may be either nailed or cemented or both. In applying insulation boards, 
four or six penny casing head nails should be used, driven at a 30-degree 
angle. They should be driven to within an eighth of an inch of the 
surface of the board, then, using a nail set they should be driven slightly 
below the surface of the board after which the board over the nail 
head should be tapped lightly with the hammer. The first nailing should 
always be done at or near the center of the board on the intermediate 
supports, the outer edges of the board being nailed last. 

Where the boards are left exposed, whether painted or unpainted, 
the question arises as to what joint treatment is to be used. A simple, 
yet pleasing treatment is the beveled edge butt joint. If desired the 
joints may be concealed by battens of natural wood, Masonite, chro- 
mium or aluminum. Wood trim may be secured from your local lumber 
dealer. Masonite trim may be cut on the job or it, too, may be supplied 
by your local dealer or local woodworking shop. Chromium mouldings 
from Chicago Metallic Sash Company, Chicago, Marsh Wall Tile Com- 
pany, Dover, Ohio and others. Aluminum trim may be secured from 
the Aluminum Company of America. 

These must be worked out on the basis of the particular Masonite 
product used and the use it is to serve. Follow the recommendations of 
the manufacturer whose finishes you use. Most paint manufacturers 
offer special products for our different boards. 


The only tool available for this purpose is the Masonite Fluting Tool, 
which is sold at a price of 35c. It makes a narrow groove (approx- 
imately 3^" wide) and of about equal depth. However, if an attempt 
is made to take too deep a bite into the hard boards, it will fracture the 
cutting edge of the tool and ruin it. 

This product— ideal for kitchen and bathroom walls and for stores, 
shops and markets where bright, gleaming walls are particularly desir- 
able^is available in J^" and 3/16" thickness, and in 4 foot by 12 foot 
boards marked into four inch squares by grooves impressed into them. 

These boards are fastened permanently to the base to which they are 
applied either by waterproof cements or nailing, or both. They may 
be finished on the job by master painters, either before being installed 
or after installation. Special striping tools are available on the market 
with which it becomes an easy matter to stripe the scored lines with a 
contrasting color. Beugler Striper — one of the best of these striping 
tools — is made by the Beugler Manufacturing Company, 4318 W. 
Second Street, Los Angeles, California and sold by them and by us. 

Metal mouldings are particularly suitable for use with Masonite 
Temprtile. Special shapes to take care of flat wall joints, inside corners, 
outside corners and nosings are to be had either in highly polished 
chromium or in satin-finished aluminum. 

The members of the National Sheet Tile Association apply their own 
finishes to Masonite hardboards and market them under their individual 
trade names. They are the finest products of the kind that it is possible 
to obtain. 

In studying the effects illustrated on pages 13, 14, 15 and 16, it should 
be borne in mind that most of the designs made use of boards of large 
size, beveled and grooved by carpenters on the job. As a part of the 
regular Masonite line, however, many dealers carry Masonite Beveled 
Tile in several sizes and Masonite Beveled Plank in different widths 
and lengths. For some jobs, this is particularly advantageous. 

Though unusually attractive, the modernizing ideas offered in this 
book do not call for a great outlay of money, unless you should under- 
take the modernization of the entire house at once — and even then the 
cost would be surprisingly low. The cost would be small indeed com- 
pared to the beauty, comfort and convenience you would enjoy. 

We would also suggest that in buying Insulation, semi-hard boards 
or hard boards, you insist that Genuine Masonite Products be furnished 
and refuse to permit substitution. To be absolutely certain, look for the 
name ''Masonite" that we burn into the reverse side of each of these 

(Above) Corner of lumber shed of St. Louis 

Lumber Compar}y which by use of Masor^ite 

Products was converted into beautiful display 

room shown at the left. 


Most modern offices are designed with an eye to beauty as well as 
utility. Unfortunately, a great many offices aren't modern— but they 
can be modernized with Masonite in such a way that they will be not 
only more attractive to clients and customers, but more efficient and 
satisfactory to work in. 

Masonite products are ideally adapted to this important class of work. 
There is a board for every need . . . each one so beautiful in its natural 
finish that it requires no added decoration, durable, rigid, easily work- 
able and economical. In addition, Masonite Structural Insulation pos- 
sesses remarkable acoustical properties that greatly reduce ordinary 
office noises with a resultant increase in the efficiency of the staff. 

An almost endless variety of decorative effects are possible with 
Masonite. The boards, though of rich brown tone, blend into practically 
any color treatment. To further enhance their beauty they may be 
scored or grooved with conventional woodworking tools ... cut out 
or built up in several thicknesses . . . self-battened or banded with 
wood, chromium or copper . . . left natural or given any of the finishes 
commonly applied to wood. 

Genuine Masonite Presdwood lends itself 

perfectly to this modern treatment of business 


This suite of offices was made beautiful and 
modern by the Masonite treatment of its walls. 






The entire exterior of this store of Mrs. Stover's is of 3/16" thick Genuine Masonite Tempered Presdwood. 


li: An ice cream and soft drink pavilion the 
exterior of which is Genuine Presdwood. 







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jod finished display 

dowof the Hudson Bay Company^ Winnipeg. 




Our own careful tests, backed by the experience gained through thou- 
sands of actual installations, have demonstrated that Tempered Presd- 
wood is entirely suitable for covering the exterior walls in many types 
of buildings. Properly used, it is impervious to weather even under the 
trying conditions of our climate with its extremes of heat and cold. 

Presdwood' s remarkable decorative possibilities plus its economy and 
workability recommend it for store fronts, stores and restaurants, beach 
cabins, barbecue stands and many other business structures. Its flex- 
ibility permits shaping the boards to almost any desired form, while its 
extreme toughness assures long service with low maintenance costs. 

Tempered Presdwood is made waterproof and weatherproof by th^ 
tempering process, but, for best service, it is recommended that the 
boards be finished in the same manner as wood. 

Presdwood may be planed, sawed, sandpapered, nailed — handled 
in exactly the same manner as wood. And it offers the further advantages 
of being free from knots, grain and splinters; of cutting with the least 
possible waste, and of considerably speeding construction time. 


This Helena Rubenstein Beauty Bar made of beautifully lacquered Presdwood stimulates sales. 




The various Masonite products find a vast number of widely diversified 
uses in the modern department store. In the greater proportion of these 
buildings extra insulation is not needed, but Masonite Structural Insula- 
tion recommends itself as a wall and ceiling covering because of its 
unusual sound -deadening and acoustical properties. 

Quartrboard, too, finds its uses for covering walls or ceiling, con- 
structing false ceilings, covering pillars, etc. But it is primarily Presd- 
wood that stars in the department store field. 

Not only is Tempered Presdwood ideal for building counters, for 
counter tops and show cases, dressing booths and partitions, for cover- 
ing walls and ceiling, but it also has a host of special uses. Consider 
the possibilities of Presdwood for making attractive window, counter 
and cutout displays. Its strength and smoothness, its easy workability, 
its attractiveness and its ability to take any required finish make it 
ideal for such use. 

Here's another small but important point. Presdwood counter tops 
are free from splinters and will not wear rough — there is no possibility 
of catching or snagging fine fabrics on them. 

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These display cases and counter tops in 

Marshall Field*s Evanston store are made of 

Genuine Presdwood. 

Another display in store of Hudson Bay 
Company, Winnipeg, Canada in which up- 
ward of 80,000 square feet of Masonite 
was used. 

Sidewdlls, ceilings, lighting fixtures, tabletops, chair seats and backs are Genuine 
Presdwood. Entire installation by Marietta Chair Company. 

This popular Sandwich Shop in California 

made clean, bright and attractive by the use 

of Masonite Temprtile. 

Ever lunch at Harding's 23rd Street, Chi- 
cago? A Genuine Masonite job throughout. 


Restaurant men know that the eye has a lot to do with the appetite. 
That's one reason why they have been so quick to appreciate the value 
of Masonite products. Another reason is that they are good, practical 
business men who know that Masonite means a very definite dollars 
and cents saving in building, upkeep and decorating costs. 

The restaurants illustrated on this page are typical of hundreds that 
have been decorated with Tempered Presdwood and Temprtile. And 
there's an even larger number that can be made just as clean-looking 
and inviting by modernizing them with these same materials. 

Temprtile and Tempered Presdwood both offer smooth, hard, sanitary 
surfaces that not only look clean but are clean. They're easily washed 
free of smoke, dirt and grime without fear of the slightest injury, and 
they will withstand a lot of hard usage without showing any ill effects. 

Colors? Your painter can give you the exact color effect you want — 
the rainbow is the limit. And there can be just as many and varied 
decorative schemes as clever designers can devise. 

The finest installations of this kind are those made by members of 
the National Sheet Tile Association who apply their own finishes to 
Genuine Tempered Presdwood and Temprtile. 



We appreciate the courtesy of The Weatherbest Corporation, Building 
Modernization and Marietta Chair Company in furnishing us certain 
photographs reproduced in this book. We also gratefully acknowledge 
the permission granted us by Marsh Wall Tile Company, Dover, Ohio 
and California Wall Tile Company, Los Angeles, California to make 
use of photographs of some of their installations. 


lOOM 8-1-35 
Second Edition 
Copyrighted Lithographed in U. S. A. 

How to secure genuine 


for your home 

All Masonite products are sold by retail lumber dealers throughout the country. 
The greater number of the better dealers carry these products in stock regularly, 
but even those dealers who do not stock them can furnish them to you at the 
price prevailing in your territory. Bear in mind that every genuine Masonite 
board has the name MASONITE indelibly stamped on or burned into the 
reverse side. 


Most architects recognize the sterling worth of Genuine Masonite products. 
They know where and how to make use of them most effectively. Ask your arch- 
itect to discuss their use and value with you. Many of the country's foremost 
architects have been making use of these products for several years. Neither 
they nor you take any chances when you use any of the boards in the Masonite line. 


Permit no substitution on the claim that another product is '7ust as good" for 
such substitution may prove bitterly disappointing. Insist that your contractor 
use only Genuine Masonite and check to see that the boards that go into your 
job are so branded. You know in advance the lasting satisfaction that is expe- 
rienced where Genuine Masonite products are used.